Is there a word or phrase that means both to "re-create" and "improve"? I would like to say "___ our language", meaning to create a new lingua franca from scratch. The word should imply starting over as well as improving over the current state.

  • I don't see how starting from scratch relates to improvement - it has more to do with replacement. Can you explain? Aug 3, 2015 at 20:05

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Reinvent might be the word you're looking for.

From Merriam-Webster:

to make as if for the first time something already invented

to make major changes or improvements to (something)

  • I had considered innovate but I like this suggestion much better.
    – J.R.
    Aug 3, 2015 at 20:09
  • You beat my identical answer (same definition and everything) by about 3 minutes. Well done. Note that reinvent used to be a negative term for duplication of effort, but has itself been reinvented. Now it means making such fundamental improvements to something that it's basically a new thing. Aug 3, 2015 at 20:14
  • Mind if I edit that in with attribution?
    – Brandon
    Aug 3, 2015 at 20:50

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